Blair’s Weekly Update 10-05-08

Doc’s Talk:
Dr. Jack
spoke delicately on the indelicate topic of the inevitable outcomes of increased gastric motility; which comes with long distance running.-reported by Rosemary Kyte

Table duty:
Thanks Annette for the great goodies and drinks!

Group Reports:
Red Group:
By Jeff Beard

The Red Group went out with a handful of runners on Sunday – we seem to go up and down in attendance. The group went out to Hawaii Kai for our first 18 mile run. Thanks to overcast skies and a good breeze, it wasn’t quite as hot as last week, but still muggy. Most of the runners seemed to take the run in stride – my experience was different – I woke up feeling sluggish, a little sore all over – not terrible, just crummy. I decided to come and run anyway – after all, it IS October. I should have settled for a nice easy 10-12 mile run, but I made myself go out 18 – and paid for it! I “bonked’ about ? of the way back – it was a hard run. Lesson learned – do what your body is telling you to do, not what you think you “should” do! On the up side, since I got back so late, I got to share mango bread & Lion’s coffee with some of the Whites, Blues, & even walkers! See you all next week and keep up those weekday runs – they help build the stamina to go the distance.

The Pink Group:
By Rosemary Adam-Terem

The Pink group was small again today because it is divided into two, with the early runners heading out at 5 a.m. with Jewels and Jeff Oh, and the lay-a-beds starting with the rest of the clinic at 7.30. Today was our first official 18 miler and the runners were grateful for the breeze that blew most of the way. These Pink runners are turning Red; the average pace of the later group was 9.30 according to Neil’s Garmin. Rosie is not running yet because of a bruised bone in her ankle (not caused by running), so she rode her bike for a marathon distance and welcomed the runners home to the park afterwards.

Next week: another 18 miler. Remember to fuel up for these distances (get some breakfast in there) and don’t forget to drink, drink, drink at every opportunity. Carrying (or buying en route) some Gatorade is a good idea when you are out on the road for over 3 hours. No bonking!

The White Group:
The members did a 16 miler with the anticipation of an 18 miler next week. Staff leader Blair was out with a sprained ankle (see “Tidbits” below) and so leaders Dwight and Ivie led the lively group through their paces.

We had a group of 12 to 13 (we lost some, gained some along the way). We did a 16 miler, taking in Kahala Avenue. Those who ran were: Alberto, Dwight, Paris, Marie (teaching Alberto Japanese), Laura, Keith, Kathleen, Christine, Gerald, Rob, Neal (newcomer), myself (gosh I added it up, and it didn’t come up to 12; I missed mysel!) We enjoyed real cold, slushy Gatorade at the 7 mile mark, Kawaikui Park, from Michael Z and gang. Pace? Laura was our pace-keeper! We 10:30 on downhills, and straightaways, 10:40 to 11:35 pacing, depends on where you caught us!

Great company, but missed you, and of course, Sam I-Am“, reported by Ivie Kumera.

Beginner’s Bits:
By Rosemary Kyte

The ABs were self-paced today for a repeat 16-miler; that other beginner groups took all the short-cuts out to the same turn-around point, making it a 15-mile route.

Stephen Zane took his/and Norm’s group over the course; followed by Jo and Cliff speed-walking at a 16-minute mile pace; with Rosemary’s pace group behind them. In Rosemary’s group, Michelle and Eileen started their day at 0530 at Wailupe Beach Park, running in to hear Dr. Jack’s talk and then back out with us, finishing their 15-miles when they returned to their cars. That left Rosemary to finish up with Amanda and Allison who passed the time talking about international travel and Japanese language studies at Georgetown in D.C. Between the great conversation and the short-cuts, the one- mile longer course was done before we knew it.

Annette’s table duty goodies were much appreciated – with fresh fruit and chunks of chocolate in addition to the traditional pretzels and gatorade.

Special schedule for October – no formal clinic on October 19th, we’ll cede the park to the Komen Race for the Cure. Rosemary will be off-Island, but Norm’s group will meet at Ala Moana to run the downtown start part of the Marathon course.

Staff leaders Don and Fiona will be away next week, October 12th.

“Blister proofing”:
By Fiona McNeill

Coming from one who knows only too well, the AB group members and I discussed what has worked wonders for my blister problem from the years of running the marathon. Since I am a type 1 diabetic, I tend to have all sorts of foot problems, in particular blisters. I’ve tried all types of bandaids, creams, lotions, covers, moleskin, you name it. The best solution to potential sensitive areas of the foot is to use “Second Skin” which is a gel-like consistency. Typically, this is used to assist with healing and protecting burns. The gel comes in a square patch and is applied directly onto the skin. I have had luck with covering it either with a large bandaid (one that completely covers the gel area), or tape. There are all sorts of tape available in the bandaid section at Longs. This would just be personal preference. Second Skin, is on the pricy side, but worth it. You can buy it from Long’s Drug stores. The best bet is to call the store first, since not all Longs stores carry it, and/or they might not have it in stock at the time. The brand is Spenco. One important note, please don’t try this out on a long run. You might want to experiment with it first, if you plan on using it. Any questions, you can always ask me.

No sidewalk hogs, please!
I sprained an ankle this past Friday – I was 50 yards from my finishing point when it occurred. As I was running in with my” finishing sprint”, there were two ladies busily conversing on the sidewalk in front of me. They were walking side by side (and not in single file). I yelled “excuse me!” twice before one of the ladies “skirted” at the last minute to her right which left me space enough for one foot on the side walk and the other on the sloping wet grass. I am sure all of you can imagine what a piece of sloping wet grass can do to one’s foot strike. My foot “slid” inward and I twisted my ankle. Ouch! Itaai! Moral of story – “always share the sidewalk “(as we always mention) and “slow down for older folks”.

Have a terrific week and see you at the water stops!